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Love is a Many Strangled Thing

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Love is a Many Strangled Thing
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Love is a Many Strangled Thing
Episode Number 481
Production Code NABF10
Original Airdate March 27, 2011
Blackboard Text I will not ridicule teacher's Final Four bracket.
Title Screen Futurama music plays while the Planet Express ship flies past.
Billboard Do Not Accept Candy From This Bunny (Moe in Bunny Suit)
Couch Gag In ASCII art version, The Simpsons sits on the couch normally and Bart pushes the word "Fatso" in Homer's direction. Homer says "D'oh".
Special Guest Voices Paul Rudd and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Show Runner(s) Al Jean
Written By Bill Odenkirk
Directed By Michael Polcino

Love is a Many Strangled Thing is the seventeenth episode of the Season 22. It originally aired on March 27, 2011 and counted with Paul Rudd talent to make the voice to Dr. Zander and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's voice guesting as himself.


At a parenting class, Homer confesses to strangling Bart and receives the ultimate punishment - a strangling by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Because of this, Homer becomes afraid of Bart at the fear of being killed by Abdul-Jabbar. So Marge has to find a way to set Homer straight.

Full StoryEdit

Homer goes into therapy, thanks to Marge, after humiliating Bart in front of a stadium crowd. While there, Homer confesses to Dr. Zander to strangling Bart. Shocked by this, Dr. Zander tries to talk some sense into Homer, but Homer doesn't think it's a big deal until Dr. Zander brings in basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to employ a role-play move to make Homer feel what it's like to be like Bart when Homer is strangling him. It works and Homer can no longer strangle his son; however, it turns out that Homer's excessive punishments were all too necessary in keeping Bart's worst tendencies in check. Without his father to punish him, Bart goes on a spree of doing whatever he wants without any consequences.

Marge returns to Dr. Zander, who is now dirt poor along with all the other luxury businesses, and pays him to help Homer and Bart. Dr. Zander tries to get Bart to show love towards his father but fails to do so. At his wits end, Dr. Zander gets Homer to put his life in danger in the hopes that Bart will save him. However when all Bart does is make light of the situation, making fun of it and even ignoring it so show off his belching Dr. Zander snaps and starts strangling Bart himself. Homer pulls him off and sues Dr. Zander for all he has, which since he's broke amounts to a home in a hollowed out tree.

Behind the LaughterEdit


Paul Rudd guest starred as Dr. Zander (which physically resembles him) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was also guest voiced as himself.

Citations Edit

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